Suspension of Church Activities – Last Thursday afternoon, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Haynes, notified all churches in Southern Virginia that all church activities will be suspended until at least March 25. This means there are no meetings or Church sponsored gatherings until the suspension is lifted. Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings: live streamed via Facebook Live (at a minimum) and other venues when able. Other worship streaming links are listed below. Also, if you are able, please continue to keep your pledge as current as possible – there are still expenses that need to be paid.

Coronavirus COVID-19 precautions – As the coronavirus pandemic grows our life together continues to be impacted. Most other churches and group gathering locations are closed or significantly curtailed. As we practice social distancing please continue to monitor your health and your neighbor’s health and if you need assistance please contact the rector. Please keep abreast of the CDC recommendations for limiting or delaying the spread of the virus.
March 22, 2020, 10:30 am Morning Prayer Rite II
Lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Psalm 23
First Lesson:  1 Samuel 16:1-13
Canticle 8 – The Song of Moses
Second Lesson:  Ephesians 5:8-14
Canticle 14 – A Song of Penitence
Gospel:  John 9:1-41

Video of March 15 service: March 15 Morning Prayer
Sermon from March 15:
Lenten Study – Our study of the program entitled Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis, has been postponed until we are reopened for business. For more information or if you have questions please contact the Rector.

Prayer and Worship in Our Homes – ChurchNext (an online learning portal) is offering a free course entitled Prayer and Worship in Our Homes through their website This is a good course that will help everyone navigate their prayer and worship in this time of social distancing (and beyond). Please consider taking this course (along with me), it is enlightening for those who are looking for the next steps in their practice of faith.

Safe Church Training – The Diocesan Office will be presenting Safe Church training at St. John’s June 13 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. This will be a good time for those required to complete training to attend. See the Rector for more information.

Formation Classes – Are suspended until further notice.

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year. Please help beautify the altar during your choice of two-weeks this coming year. Please remember, flowers cost $100 for 2 weeks.

Soles-for-Souls – There is a collection box to help this worthy cause in the parish hall. Consider giving gently used or new shoes for those in need. For more information see their website:

Questions about Our Protestant Heritage – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Protestant heritage and faith as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
            Last week’s question and answer: Question: When did the term “Reformed” become used when describing Protestantism? Answer. The term took hold from the 1560s into the 1590s.
            This week’s question: What is (or was) the term “Reformed” roughly equivalent to in the church? Look for the answer next week.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Spring Workday (tentative) – March 28.

Thought for the weekSigns of Life – Food Day Four: Surprise – The Eucharist has a way of surprising us. It’s not always this feeling that I’m engorged and full – and so grateful to be full of Jesus. Sometimes the Spirit says, “We are going to feed you today with this lack that you are feeling. This lack that you’re feeling is going to be what feeds you.

– Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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Tues.                          * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Mar. 28th          * Parish Workday – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (primary)
Sat. Apr. 4th              * Parish Workday – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (alternate)
Sun. Apr. 5th             * Palm Sunday
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; Jay our assisting bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, John, Kevin, Vicky-Ann, and Casey.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Alan Vaughan, Sheldon & Elizabeth, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Regina
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Ballentine Home in Norfolk
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. The Most Rev. Paul Kwong – Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Clyde 11
Pretlow 15                 Patricia 17
John 18                      Elizabeth 19
Hansa 20                   Cooper 28

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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